The connection of the farmhouse and barn creates a 50-metre span, and so a kitchen was installed at each end to serve different purposes at different times of the year and for varying occasions. A small-scale traditional kitchen with a pantry in the farmhouse (cosy in winter) and a larger, more open kitchen in the converted barn suits large groups of family and friends, especially in summer. A third kitchen is in the guest quarters, in the Wainhouse (originally for wagons and carts). “Long before the work was finished, four generations of our family had sat down to eat together at the table in the barn, and the list of significant occasions that have been celebrated here lengthens from month to month,” Catherine says.
“We found an aggregate that is local, so it’s similar colours to the Cotswold stone, although it’s modern concrete and it bands,” he said. “We put down a concrete terrazzo floor that was the same greys.” Elm, a timber originally used in the house, was sourced; breathable lime plaster covers walls and furnishings throughout are restrained and beautiful – from Hans Wegner’s CH24 Wishbone chairs to a Swedish Gustavian sofa sourced by Catherine.
During the weeks and months of lockdowns the UK has experienced, the Pawsons have been totally immersed in Home Farm, by the architecture itself and by the surrounding countryside. “You find yourself quietly observing the house,” he notes, “the way the light moves across a section of wall in the course of the day – but there is also a sense of being reciprocally watched over by the house, as the new routines and rituals of everyday life become more deeply engrained.”